Henry VIII portrait and detail of Henry VIIIs armour

Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill

This exhibition has now ended.

A stunning new exhibition in the iconic White Tower at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London.

Come and discover a slim, handsome Henry VIII with a lust for weapons and sport.

Marvel at the flexibility of his armour, take a look behind the scenes of a jousting tournament, learn about the chivalry and pageantry of the times and uncover the stories hidden in the famous painting of the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Come and be amazed by the events of 500 years ago.

The exhibition is jointly hosted by Historic Royal Palaces.

Tournament Gallery information

This exciting new exhibition in the White Tower at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, will be host to many of Henry VIII’s personal armours. Unfortunately, this will mean for the period of the exhibition, they will not be on display in the Tournament Gallery, Royal Armouries, Leeds.

We apologise to visitors for any disruption to their experience of the Tournament Gallery during the period of the exhibition.

Objects are expected to return and be on display once more by the end of May 2010.

Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill is open to visitors 3 April 2009 – 17 January 2010.

Visitors Comments

All comments were posted on the Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill website.

Added: Monday, 21 September, 2009, 16:24

I found this exhibit amazing! I found it fascinating to be looking at pieces of armour that Henry himself actually wore. It is a wonderful insight into what times were like! The whole visit to the Tower was that brilliant, I’m returning next week to see it all again! Fantastic! :-)
Kirsty Wise , Newbury, Berkshire

Added: Saturday, 08 August, 2009, 14:21

I was at the Tower of London in January and I was devastated not to be able to get back to see it, but it’s a long way from home. Through the pictures, I am sure the exhibit would have been as stunning and magnificent as King Henry himself.
Julie Sugden, Brisbane, Australia

Added: Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 00:22

My family and I went to visit the Tower of London last week and found the Henry VIII exhibition to be excellent. It is so well done and in such a way that even my 2 young children found it interesting! If you have any interest in Henry VIII, the Tudors or history, you simply must pay the Tower a visit. A 10/10 day out that is worth every penny. My only advice to the Tower is now you have the display, can’t you keep it forever, it’s in the safest place…?!
Dean Sargeant, London, England

Added: Tuesday, 07 July, 2009, 07:10

My husband and I were lucky enough to visit London at this special 500th anniversary to see this excellent armour display. This exhibition is unlike what we have ever seen (Australian history being very young in comparison) before and it was educational, informative and mesmerising. Set aside adequate time to experience the animations and video displays – the people who put on this display should be commended for it.
Helen Blunden, Melbourne , Australia

Added: Saturday, 27 June, 2009, 21:38

I have recently been to the Tower and I had the privilege of attending the exhibition. The armour and the rest of King Henry’s belongings that are on show bring the age of hand to hand combat back to reality. The workmanship was fantastic and the design amazing. A must see for anyone who has a love of history and beautiful workmanship.
Jeanette Stonehouse, Warrington, UK


  • Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object

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